FOB at Turbhe store: Civic body to pre­pare pro­posal in a week

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

CBD BE­LA­PUR: In the wake of the grow­ing de­mand from Turbhe store res­i­dents for a foot over­bridge on the Thane-Be­la­pur Road, the civic body has as­sured that a pro­posal to con­struct the FOB will be pre­pared within a week and pre­sented be­fore the stand­ing com­mit­tee. “How many more lives will it take for the ad­min­is­tra­tion to con­struct the foot over­bridge that we have been de­mand­ing for years?” said lo­cal cor­po­ra­tor Suresh Kulka­rni at the stand­ing com­mit­tee meet­ing held on Thurs­day.

He added, “For the past one­and-a-half years, the civic of­fi­cials have only been preparing de­signs for the FOB. I have been re­peat­edly fol­low­ing up on the is­sue, but the of­fi­cials have been lack­adaisi­cal about its con­struc­tion.”

NMMC house leader Jay­want Su­tar said, “In case of ac­ci­dents, it is the lo­cal elected rep­re­sen­ta­tive who has to face the res­i­dents, the of­fi­cials es­cape their re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

Re­ply­ing to the dis­cus­sion, city en­gi­neer Mo­han Da­gaonkar said, “We will fi­nalise the de­sign by Thurs­day evening. A pro­posal for the FOB will be read­ied in a week.”

Ex­plain­ing the rea­son for the de­lay, Da­gaonkar said, “When con­struct­ing the Thane Be­la­pur Road, a fly­over was planned at Turbhe store. How­ever, it was not con­structed af­ter lo­cal res­i­dents op­posed it.”

“If a sky­walk has to be con­structed there now, we will have to take into ac­count three roads — KKR Road, Dr Babasa­heb Ambed­kar Road and Thane-Be­la­pur Road,” he added.

Ac­cord­ing to Da­gaonkar, “A de­sign for it had been made, but there were is­sues re­lated to the height of the sky­walk. From past ex­pe­ri­ence, it has been ob­served that pedes­tri­ans pre­fer to use un­der­passes over sky­walks and hence, we planned to con­struct an un­der­pass.”

“But this plan also hit a road­block fear­ing dam­age to the Morbe dam wa­ter pipe­lines, gas pipe­lines present un­der­ground. All th­ese is­sues led to the de­lay,” said Da­gaonkar.

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